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December 2016

Alumnus Tom Hill received one of the prestigious excellence awards for outstanding dissertations, bestowed by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, for his thesis entitled "Hybrid dysgenesis in Drosophila simulans, caused by a rapid global invasion of the P-element". Congratulations!

December 2016

On December 2nd we met for this year's Xmas event. Everyone acted as Secret Santa mug-painter for a colleague, followed by dinner at a microbrewery. We’ll swap the creative and beautiful ceramic mugs during a get-together before the Christmas break.

November 2016

Congratulations to postdoc Kathrin Otte for her DFG research fellowship entitled "Evolution of the Drosophila simulans proteome in response to adaptation to a novel temperature environment".

November 2016

New publication in Heredity: S. Franssen, R. Kofler and C. Schlötterer: "Uncovering the genetic signature of quantitative trait evolution with replicated time series data". Link to publication [Link 2]

November 2016

Our institute won both categories (age classes below/above 35) for this year's ranking of highest citation numbers at non-clinical institutes of the University! Congratulations to Susanne Franssen and Christian Schlötterer! Link to news [Link 3]

November 2016

80 international participants at the "Mind The Gap 5" meeting, organised by our PhD students. Link to event [Link 4]

October 2016

Congratulations to Ágnes Jónás on her successful PhD thesis defense: "Inferring evolutionary trajectories from time series data". 

October 2016

"Reconstruction of haplotype-blocks selected during experimental evolution" explained by S. Franssen, N. Barton and C. Schlötterer in Molecular Biology and Evolution. Link to publication [Link 5]

October 2016

This year's retreat led us to Altaussee for talks, networking and socialising. Link to group foto [Link 6]

October 2016

Congratulations to our PhD student Juraj Bergmann [Link 7] for receiving Erasmus and Vetmeduni grants for a 6-month research stay at the University of Sussex.

October 2016

"A novel method for quantifying the rate of embryogenesis uncovers considerable genetic variation for the duration of embryonic development in Drosophila melanogaster" by B. Horvath, A.J. Betancourt and A.T. Kalinka is now online at BMC Evolutionary Biology. Link to publication [Link 8]

September 2016

We're sad to see group leader Andrea Betancourt leave but wish her all the best for her next career step at the Institute of Integrative Biology at University of Liverpool.

September 2016

Congratulations to our student Benjamin Fürnsinn who successfully passed the final exam of the Bachelor's Programme in Biomedicine and Biotechnology with the highest grade possible.

September 2016

"Suitability of Different Mapping Algorithms for Genome-wide Polymorphism Scans with Pool-Seq Data" by R. Kofler, A.M. Langmüller, P. Nouhaud, K.A. Otte and C. Schlötterer: now online in G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics. Link to publication [Link 9]

September 2016

An intense month at the population genetics introductory course for our new PhD students, and guest ESRs from the BINGO training network [Link 10], from Austria, Germany, Portugal and Greece. Read more [Link 11]
Link to course [Link 12]

September 2016

"Ancestral population reconstitution from isofemale lines as a tool for experimental evolution" by P. Nouhaud, R. Tobler, V. Nolte and C. Schlötterer is now online in Ecology and Evolution. Link to publication [Link 13]

August 2016

Genetics recently accepted "Estimating the effective population size from temporal allele frequency changes in experimental evolution" by A. Jónás, T. Taus, C. Kosiol, C. Schlötterer and A. Futschik. Link to publication [Link 14]

August 2016

"PoPoolationTE2: Comparative Population Genomics of Transposable Elements Using Pool-Seq" by R. Kofler, D. Gómez-Sánchez and C. Schlötterer was accepted by Molecular Biology and Evolution. Link to publication [Link 15]

July 2016

PhD students of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics [Link 16] taught 10-12 year old, curious mini-investigators about evolution and fruit flies in an outreach effort at "Kinderuni".

July 2016

D. Schrempf and C. Kosiol are part of the collaborative paper "Reversible polymorphism-aware phylogenetic models and their application to tree inference", recently published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. Link to publication [Link 17]

July 2016

A.M. Jakšić and C. Schlötterer pulished a study about "The interplay of temperature and genotype on patterns of alternative splicing in Drosophila melanogaster" in Genetics. Link to publication [Link 18]

July 2016

"Improved versions of common estimators of the recombination rate" by K. Gärtner and A. Futschik is now online [Link 19] in the Journal of Computational Biology.

June 2016

Congratulations to our PhD student Tom Hill! He successfully defended his thesis "Hybrid dysgenesis in Drosophila simulans, caused by a rapid global invasion of the P-element". Good luck for your next career step as Postdoc in the US!

June 2016

"Inference of adaptive gene expression by experimental evolution" was funded by the FWF. Link to grants [Link 20]

May 2016

The 5th edition of the MIND THE GAP meeting is this year organised by students of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, registration is now open: link to meeting website [Link ]

April 2016

The yearly SAB (Scientific Advisory Board) meeting was concluded by a Mini-Symposium on April 27, featuring talks by Nick Barton, Brian Charlesworth, Andy Clark, and Jean-Michel Gibert.

March 2016

Welcome to two new group leaders! Kirsten Senti (website coming up, soon) will add a a wealth of expertise in functional genetics including CRISPR/Cas9 mutagenesis. His research interest focuses on the battle between transposable elements and their control by the piRNA pathway.

Congratulations also to Robert Kofler [Link 21]. Robert advanced to group leader after the FWF granted his project "Optimizing novel methods for dissecting complex traits".

February 2016

Congratulations to our former graduate student Raymond Tobler [Link 22]. Ray is currently lead postdoc researcher on the Aboriginal Heritage Project, a collaboration between the Australian Centre of Ancient DNA (ACAD) and the South Australian Museum (SAM), which aims to reconstruct the genetic history of Aboriginal Australia. Ray was recently awarded an Indigenous Discovery Fellowship that will enable his group to further extend the phylogenetic analyses and study paleo-demography and adaptation.

January 2016

Congratulations to PhD student Dominik Schrempf for a Visiting Grant at Aarhus University!

December 2015

New joint Master's program launched: Link to Evolutionary Systems Biology [Link 23]

December 2015

PopGen Christmas party: we celebrated a successful year with ice skating and dinner on December 4th.

November 2015

Congratulations to our PhD student Thomas Taus [Link 24], awardee of a DOC scholarship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)!

November 2015

We're proud of Raymond Tobler [Link 25] who successfully defended his thesis "Adaptation to Thermal Stress in Experimental Drosophila Populations".

October 2015

Three of our PhD students featured in Falter's "Heureka" [Link 26] (p.4)

October 2015

This year's retreat was at Feuerkogel. Talks, networking and hiking at 1592 m. Link to group foto [Link 27]

September 2015

Introductory course [Link ] for PhD students ongoing during September.

SMBE 2015

SMBE 2015 at Hofburg was a big success with more than 1400 participants from around the world.
Link to Vetmeduni News [Link 28]
Link to SMBE 2015 [Link 29]

Burger Group news
The Burger lab has moved to Vetmeduni's Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology. [Link 30]

Alumna appointed PI at Gulbenkian Institute (PT)

Congratulations to former graduate student Claudia Bank [Link 31] to her group leader [Link 32] position!

Vetmeduni Open Day

Our PhD students represented the institute at the "Tag der offenen Tür".
Link to PopGen Vienna news [Link ]

PhD defense

Congratulations to Nicola Palmieri who successfully defended his PhD!

Vetmeduni Vienna poster prize

... goes to institute member Elmira Mohandesan (link to Burger lab) for her poster entitled "The first draft of the mitochondrial genome of the wild and early domestic Arabian Camel (Camelus dromedarius) reconstructed from ancient DNA". Congratulations!

EMBO fellow

Fernando Diaz spends his three-month EMBO fellowship at the institute.
Link to Vetmeduni News [Link 33]

Xmas Party 2014

We had much fun at an Irish Ceili dance workshop and a social "Beisl" dinner. Read more at the following link.
Link to Xmas Party [Link ]

PhD defenses 2014

During November and December we celebrated 5 PhD defenses! We're congratulate Daniel Fabian, Johanna Bertl, Christian Huber, Ludwig Geroldinger and Martina Galikova and wish them all the best for their Postdoc careers.

Alumni Symposium 2014

Our first Alumni Symposium on November 5, 2014, featured research updates of former and current institute members.
Link to Alumni Symposium [Link 34]

Retreat 2014

We enjoyed a sunny weekend with talks, hiking, climbing and socialising at a hut village in altaussee (Styria). Link to Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics [Link 35]

SMBE 2015 in Vienna

We're proud to announce that we're hosting SMBE 2015 at the Hofburg in Vienna in July 2015! Link to Congress Website [Link 36]

Press coverage about our research

... Link to "The New York Times" [Link 37]

... Link to "Der Standard" [Link 38]

... Link to "Forschen&Entdecken" [Link 39]

Alumnus Pablo Orozco-terWengel lecturer at Cardiff University.

We congratulate our former PhD student Pablo [Link 40] to his next career step!

October 2014

PhD retreat at Altaussee

September 2014 2014

Introductory course for PhD students

September 2014

Welcome Event for new PhD students

September 2014

Research visit of Bertanne Visser

Summer 2014

Four high-school interns are hosted at the institute this year

January 2014

PhD defense of Peter Klepsatel

December 2013

Institute X-mas event: Mug painting and social dinner

September 2013

Institute retreat at Altaussee

September 2013

PhD defense of Nicola De Maio

August 2013

Visiting scientist: Christopher S. Willett (University North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

June 2013

PhD defense of Martin Kapun

April 2012

Poster Award for PhD student Agnes Jonas at the 23rd annual MASAMB workshop [Link 41] (Mathematical and Statistical Aspects of Molecular Biology) in London

January 2013

Visiting PhD student: Mads Fristrup Schou (Loeschcke group at the section of Integrative Ecology and Evolution at Aarhus University, Denmark)

December 2012

Institute X-mas event: bowling and social dinner

December 2012

We're proud of our PhD students who successfully defended their thesis during the year: Florian Clemente and Pauline Charruau!

November 2012

Group Leader Thomas Flatt moved to the University of Lausanne - we miss him and wish them best of success!

October 2012

Institute Retreat at Feuerkogel!

September 2012

Introductory course for PhD students: info at
 [Link 42]

September 2012

We welcome our new postdocs and PhD students!

July 2012

Pia joined the institute again as summer intern (Talente program [Link 43])

July 2012

Visiting scientist: Nelson Martins (Gulbenkian Institute of Science)

July 2012

PhD defense of Claudia Bank (Hermisson/Schlötterer groups)

June 2012

We participate at the Open University Day [Link 44] of the Vetmeduni Vienna

May 2012

PhD defense of Corinna Hopfen (McGregor lab)

May 2012

Mini-Symposium: Frontiers of Population Genetics [Link ]

March 2012

Visiting scientist: Deniz Erezyilmaz (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Princeton University)

March 2012

Group leader Thomas Flatt is invited to spend three months at the Institute for Advanced Study Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

February 2012

Head of institute, Christian Schlötterer, received an ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant for five years.

February 2012

Christopher S. Willett, assistant professor at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, decided to stay with us during his sabbatical until August 2012.

December 2011

Christmas event: ice skating and social dinner.

October 2011

Bryant McAllister, evolutionary geneticist and associate professor at the University of Iowa, spends his Fulbright sabbatical at the institute until end of January 2012.

October 2011

Yearly retreat in the Austrian Alps.

September 2011

Call 2012 for PhD positions at the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics is open now. [Link ]

July 2011

Janine and Pia joined the institute as summer interns (Talente program [Link 43])

May 2011

NGS workshop
 [Link 45]

May 2011

new book [Link 46] edited by Thomas Flatt: "Mechanisms of Life History Evolution"
 [Link ]

April 2011

Alistair McGregor moved to Oxford Brookes University- we already miss him and his group and wish them best of success!

February 2011

The Call for PhD positions is now closed.
 [Link 42]

November 2010

The 2011 Call for PhD positions at the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics is open now.
 [Link 42]

April 2010

Call for PhD positions at the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics (FWF DK+) is open now. [Link ]

January 2010

Thomas Flatt elected to the Board of Deciding Editors for the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

December 2009

As part of the giant panda genome consortium Carolin Kosiol has published 'The sequence and de novo assembly of the giant panda genome' in Nature. [Link 47]

December 2009

PhD program DK+ Population Genetics funded by the FWF.
Speaker: Christian Schlötterer

November 2009

1st evolVienna [Link 48] meeting.

September 2009

Alistair McGregor awarded European Research Council Starting Independent Researcher Grant for project 'Evolution of sensory organ morphology: genetic analysis of eye size evolution in Drosophila'.

September 2009

The Institut für Populationsgenetik welcomes Professor Artyom Kopp on sabbatical until February 2010.

July 2009

The Institut für Populationsgenetik welcomes new group leader Nayuta Yamashita.

April 2009

Thomas Flatt awarded FWF Stand alone grant for proposal to investigate 'Germline regulation of Drosophila aging through steroid hormone signaling'.



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